Ducab, a UAE cables and wire maker has five facilities and a manufacturing capability of over 110,000 copper tonnes of high, medium and low voltage cables per annum. Ashish Chaturvedy, Ducab’s marketing manager speaks to Pipeline magazine about Middle East’s oil and gas sector’s cabling industry trends, requirements and opportunities.
What are the latest cabling innovation and technologies in the oil and gas industry?
Cabling innovations for this industry include the introduction of specialised cables to meet the requirements of the sector. As part of its innovation and sector-focused product approach, the company introduced Ducab PetroBICC cables which are designed to ensure hydrocarbon resistance and low toxicity, essential characteristics to meet the cabling needs of the oil and gas sector. Ducab offers both polyamide and leadsheathed cable construction within the Ducab PetroBICC range, designed for on-shore applications and a full range of rubber cables for offshore applications. Fire performance cables are gaining increased acceptance in the oil and gas side of the business where the circuit integrity is critical to the nature of the business as any down time on the facility can result in losses of mega proportion.
Where is client demand within the oil and gas industry pushing cabling requirements?
Oil and gas companies are increasingly looking towards exploiting new technologies to innovate, minimise costs, and help contribute to achieving a lower-emissions environment. This often times translates into the requirement for most suitable cables solution delivered at the right time in the project life cycle. Ducab offers this coupled with total quality excellence, both in terms of products and service that fully meets every aspect of expectations and delivers superior value in comparison to competitors.
Where do you see growth opportunities in the oil and gas sector?
The opportunity we see is in providing quality assured product ranges that keep us relevant to a number of growth sectors which includes the OG sector. With the Middle East and Korean EPC contractors historically having secured the lion’s share of the OG contracts awarded in the recent past, Ducab is poised to benefit from these projects owing to their service track record and the excellent product quality. While the marked decline in growth across Europe and East Asia is a concern for many in the wire and cable industry, this has not had a major effect in the Middle East where there has been greater focus on quality conscious suppliers like Ducab for new infrastructure and investment opportunities.
How important is the oil and gas industry for a cables company like Ducab?
A significant portion of our business includes projects in the oil and gas industry specifically in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait. There is no denying that this industry will continue to play an important role in fulfilling the world’s energy needs in the many years to come but this will be accompanied with complex business challenges. Hydrocarbons continue to play a key role in the regional economy, and Ducab being a leading regional player has a keen interest to support this industry vertical by offering the most suitable cost efficient cable solutions. The industry has recognised the need to innovate using technology which is where Ducab comes in, having been at the forefront of innovation in delivering technologically advanced products to meet international quality standards and the specific requirements of the sector, both onshore and offshore.
What contracts are you work on at the moment?
Earlier this year, Ducab secured an order worth US$1.3 million in Abu Dhabi for its specialised cables for the OG sector, Ducab PetroBICC. Additionally, Ducab recently announced the order of $12 million secured in the Khalifa Industrial Zone, Abu Dhabi. The order includes the delivery of medium- and low-voltage power cables, control cables and accessories. The company has also completed the supply of a $10 million delivery of medium- and low-voltage cables for the North East Bab Field Development Project, Phase III: Rumaitha and Shanayel fields. Deliveries to Island Surface Facility Project at Abu Dhabi of $60 million and Clean Fuels Project of $70 million at Kuwait have also been recently completed.